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Ideal dogwood moisture

Randy Anderson

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Like Hockenbery says, turn it green now if you're doing a bowl or hollow form. Final thickness if natural edge or hollow form and 10% of bowl dia if twice turning a traditional. Once done set aside to dry - slowly. For me natural edge go in a brown paper bag. For traditional twice turned I seal and set aside. Once moisture gets to 13% or below in the thickest parts I go to next step.
 
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Thank you. I’m going to put it in a dehydrator. It’s 39% right now. It’s for making some crosses. But I appreciate the 10% target. Am going to slab it and see if I can get it to the 10%.
Thank you so much.
 
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If you are going to cut it into slabs, do that before you put it in a dehydrator. Whole logs do not dry well due to being too thick to dry evenly, which causes stress, which leads to cracking. Dogwood is fairly stable when dry, and has a smooth even grain.

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Dogwood is one of the most dense, heavy and beautiful domestic hardwoods IMO, taking a lustrous finish. And some that I got from a neighbor was just loaded with pinkish cotton candy swirls. That said, it moves more than almost any other wood I can think of as it dries.
 

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